Prayers for Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Dear Friends,

This morning I received the following email request from Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s frgroeschelcommunity, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.  They have asked for special prayers, through the intercession of Venerable Solanus Casey, for his recovery and healing.  I hope that you will join me in praying.

Yours in Christ,
Johnnette Read the rest…

Wonder of Wonders…Women of Wonder!

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of being the keynote speaker at the Women of Wonder Conference in Cary, NC.  There were 300 plus women in attendance from across the country and it was truly a grace-filled time in the Lord!

During the conference, I was interviewed by Billy Atwell of the Diocese of Raleigh.  We discussed one of my absolute favorite topics, authentic femininity, and how God is using women to transform the world.

Thank you to the women of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and all who made this event a huge success. Here are some pictures that were shared with us by the local team.

First Friday Giveaway: Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women from St. Teresa Bendicta of the Cross
by Anne Costa

This First Friday, our giveaway item features wisdom from one of my favorite female Catholic saints, Edith Stein who became St. Teresa Bendicta of the Cross, a true woman of grace.  Anne Costa introduces us to her friend Edith Stein and helps us to grasp the loftiness and greatness of the true feminine vocation.   Read the rest…

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers on Women of Grace Live Friday at 11 AM

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Are you a fan of Jesus, but not a follower?
Do you hold anything back from Jesus?
Do you find Mass boring and you try going, but it’s still boring to you?
Do you like vampires or zombies or do you know a young person who does?

If you answered yes to one of these, oh boy do you need to listen to this show. Johnnette Benkovic invites Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers to talk about the impending meaning of new evangelization. Deacon Harold is the founder and director of Dynamic Deacon and a preacher on the go. Together, they share pearls of wisdom for us to get to know who Jesus really is. Going back to the Bible means finding your true masculinity and femininity and when you find who you really are, you can be all God is calling you to be. God’s grace is infinite for you. This show catches on fire so listen now and be inspired, affirmed and encouraged. It’s all here on EWTN Radio’s Women of Grace, Friday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.   Read the rest…

More Resources for Your Lenten Journey

Dear Friends,

lentenresourcesIn addition to those suggested in our slideshow, following is a list of resources that I recommended on Women of Grace Live, Ash Wednesday, March 5. Each of these is structured in such a way that it is perfect for a daily devotional during this Holy Season of Lent.  They also are great resources for increasing our life of faith and strengthening our interior life. My prayer is that you find them so useful, you continue to use them once this Holy Season is over. Most of them are available through EWTN Religious Cataglogue or on our website. Read the rest…

R-E-S-O-L-V-E-D: New Year Resolutions for the Spiritual Journey, Part IV

young woman listening to gossipAlready the acronym “R-E-S-O-L-V-E-D” has given us much to ponder regarding New Year Resolutions and the spiritual life.  We have discovered that a recommitment to Jesus Christ coupled with a daily examination of conscience, fortified by surrender and obedience ,does much to lead us on the path to holiness.

 Today, we will find out that the L and the V in the acronym lead us a few steps closer to our goal. Read the rest…

R-E-S-O-L-V-E-D New Year Resolutions for the Spiritual Journey, Part III

78323561The word “Resolved” has provided us with an opportunity to fashion our new year’s resolutions around an acronym that helps us make progress on the path of holiness.

Yesterday, we looked at  the importance of Recommitment to Jesus Christ and two types of Examinations of Conscience.  Each of these enable us to take a confident step forward on our spiritual journey.  Today we will see, however, that without the wisdom provided by the S and the O, we will never reach the depths of union to which God beckons us. Read the rest…